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Google Won’t show News from Sites that Hide their Country

Google Won’t show News from Sites that Hide their Country

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Google’s ongoing quest to curb fake news now includes sites that are less than honest about their home turf. The company has updated its Google News guidelines to forbid sites that “misrepresent or conceal their country of origin” or otherwise are aimed at people in another country “under false premises.” A Russian site trying to masquerade as an American news outlet shouldn’t show up in your news results, in other words.

A spokeswoman speaking to Bloomberg explained it as a matter of adaptation. Google has to update its policies to “reflect a constantly changing web,” she said, and that means ensuring that people can “understand and see where their news online is coming from.

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